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Summer Job Reports

Company name: Corporate America Job title: Finance Intern Avg. hours per week: 40 Responsibilities: Starting right fielder for the Finance Gangstas softball team. Sometimes played left field if Joe was traveling. Also, I had to do some activity-based costing projects. Career plans: I want to return to Corporate America but I’m not sure about the…

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My Summer with Carnival Corporation

This summer I worked at Carnival Corporation in Miami, Florida. I was an intern with Management Advisory Services (“MAS”), Carnival’s internal strategic consulting group, the purpose of which is to analyze and detect various opportunities within the organization and its operating companies to become more efficient, reduce costs, etc. Although I had always been interested…

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Wonderbread Daze

All consultants have a “Wonderbread” story. To my fellow consultant refugees, I dedicate my Wonderbread story to you. During what became my final project at “a top-tier consulting company,” I was staffed on an internal study in Stamford, CT. Formerly a run-down, crime-ridden city, Stamford has tried to revitalize itself by attracting companies to its…

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A Letter from Anne Sincere

October 4, 2004 Dear EC Student, On behalf of Pristine Reputation International Consulting, I’d like to give you a warm welcome back to HBS! We know that you applied for a Summer Associate position with our firm last year, a position that we were thrilled not to offer you. This year, we’re pleased to report…

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Career Perspectives: Tamara on Endless Possibilities

Before arriving at HBS, current students and alumni told me that “the possibilities [at HBS] were endless”. I listened but did not believe the power of those words until this summer… Last year, I made a decision: I would not interview. In fact, my HBS essays focused on my desire to eventually create my own…

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Career Perspectives:

I had the opportunity to work in consulting for McKinsey & Company this summer, and below is a brief description of what that life is like. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me directly at hsaleh@mba2005.hbs.edu and I’d be happy to chat. The Work It turns out consulting is not…

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Killefer Tells HBS Students how to Hobnob with the Brass

The best way to build relationships with senior executives is to start at the bottom, according to McKinsey Senior Director Nancy Killefer. Killefer, who heads McKinsey’s Consumer and Retail practice, spoke to students, on February 24, about developing high level business relationships. “Everyone wants to rush into the CEO’s office,” said Killefer. “That’s not the…

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Interviewing Escapades

Well, RCs, it’s about that time. You have embarked on a journey that the second-year students are sick and tired of. Some of you are looking for a job; it’s quite noticeable from all of the people in Spangler project rooms last week past 5pm. (Cranberry was over a long time ago, so get real)….

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A Cold Day in Hell

Ok, so maybe it’s Hell Week, not actually hell, but you get the idea. I decided that the best way for people to cope with the trauma of the upcoming week would be to share in the misery of others. With that in mind, I interviewed a couple of classmates to get their stories of…

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Summer Job Reports

Company name: Corporate AmericaJob title: Finance InternAvg. hours per week: 40 Responsibilities: Starting right fielder for the Finance Gangstas softball team. Sometimes played left field if Joe was traveling. Also, I had to do some activity-based costing project. Career plans: I want to return to Corporate America but I’m not sure about the Finance department….

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Shades of Gray

When I was in second grade, my mother told me, “Samantha, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up.” I believed her, as I hope all children do when they hear that. I just had to choose something, and I could be it. A universe of possibilities lay before me. In…

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Meet Alice Howard (HBS MBA '81)

Listening to yourself-your own values and interests-and shutting out some of the noise around you is precisely what you have to do. I came to know of Alice Howard (HBS MBA ’81), my alumni mentor, through the Social Enterprise Club Mentorship Program, and over the past few months, had chances to meet and chat with…

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Career Advice From an Early Sustainability Advocate

The following is a profile of Al Nierenberg, (MBA 1990), as part of the Social Enterprise Club’s mentorship program. Al Nierenberg’s passion for sustainability was evident during his time at HBS where he spearheaded the school’s paper recycling program. Just as the recycling program has increased in prevalence on campus, so has the concept of…

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Hell Week:

Remember what you wrote in your HBS admission essay on the topic of career aspirations? Starting classes at the end of August you cannot even imagine how quickly your career aspirations will be transforming, evolving and shaping your career search activities. Remember the Rule of Thumb at HBS: “Everybody will get a job.” The job…

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Interview with Adrian J. Slywotzky, Author of "The Art of Profitability"

Adrian J. Slywotzky is a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Mercer Management Consulting, the global strategy consulting firm. A Harvard University, Law and Business School graduate, Mr. Slywotzky has worked extensively at the CEO level at major corporations, and has consulted across dozens of industries. “Industry Week” recently dubbed him…

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Viewpoints: And Why Do They Call it Consulting?

It was when I drew a Venn diagram to illustrate to my husband how the Harvard work/life balance worked that I realized that you can take the girl out of consulting but you can’t take the consultant out of the girl. My husband was impressed by the diagram. He was less impressed when I told…

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Case Interview in Point

I went into Hell Week last week somewhat relaxed (I thought). I had only applied to a couple jobs on-campus and consequently only had two consulting interviews to get through. Having never even considered being a consultant until the day before cover letters were due, the whole process was much more of a learning experience…

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Options Have Value

Before I came to business school, my boyfriend (a former investment banker) advised, “If you only go to school knowing one finance concept it’s this: options have value.” To his credit, I have used that phrase almost weekly in various contexts (some even appropriate!) ever since. But I’m starting to wonder. With Hell Week just…

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Christopher's – "Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

Not since early adolescence had this many hopes and dreams come to fruition in one evening. Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration, but let us try to explain the excitement that we and our significant others shared at our dinner at Christopher’s (1920 Mass Ave, Porter Square 617-876-9180). Upon arrival, our party received immediate…

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HBS and the Disruptive Job Market

The world is changing. A few years ago, finding a job after graduation was a no-brainer. This last September, three months after graduation, 15% of the Class of 2002 were still unemployed. Of course, this can only be a minor, short-term inconvenience, due to a harsher economy… But what if this situation was nothing but…

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Viewpoints: Recruiting Blues

I hate recruiting! The whole process is time-consuming, frustrating and sadistic. It’s all becoming very clear that this year’s process is going to come down to a “networked job-search.” Isn’t the main reason we came here to avoid having to hustle for a job? Another big reason we’re here is to change our function and…

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A.T. Kearney's "Global Prize"

First-year MBA students at HBS looking for an interactive learning experience that demonstrates what it takes to be a management consultant can enter The Global Prize, a business case contest sponsored by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and the HBS Management Consulting Club. The Global Prize is a team competition in two stages. In…

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Just Make It Happen!

Over the past semester, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Paige Arnof-Fenn (MBA 1991) through the new Social Enterprise Mentorship Program. Her resume includes stints at powerful for-profits like Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble, the United States Treasury, Coca-Cola, Launch Media. Most recently she founded a marketing consulting firm called Mavens &…

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Helping Harvard MBAs to Help Others

I was somewhat star-struck the day I was assigned my Social Enterprise Alumni Mentor. “Hell Week” was rapidly approaching and in preparation for a summer internship search in social enterprise, I had been reading The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector. As I was casually dropping Stephanie Lowell (MBA ’99) an…

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Show Me The Money!

Last week the school administration announced that the amount of financial support to students in non-profit internships would be drastically reduced. After an immediate outcry, the school announced that “some” more money had been found, and awards would be “closer” to the originally promised amount. HBS heavily promoted this program, with specific, promised dollar amounts….

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Q&A with Sarah Perry

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with my Social Enterprise Alumni Mentor, Sarah Perry (MBA 1995), about her career in the social enterprise sector. Sarah comes from a consulting background and is currently the director of a consulting organization that provides pro-bono consulting services to non-profits in the Boston area. Here are her thoughts:…

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Microlending as a Tool for Economic Development

Throughout my life, I have been involved with many non-profit activities in Argentina in my capacity as a volunteer with the Junior Achievement Foundation. However, I had never worked in an area that involved managing or shaping the programs that were offered, since I had mostly focused on working as a mentor or outside collaborator….

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Running the Partnership Gauntlet:

In an industry with very few minority professionals, AASU’s accomplished management consulting panel showed us amazing examples of success, featuring some of the most senior African-American professionals in the industry. Tonicia Hampton (MBA ’99, OH), an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, moderated an informative panel that addressed the role of a consulting firm partner,…

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Leaders or Sheep?

Who among us are the true leaders? Those who follow the traditional paths, or those who chart their own? Has HBS made me a leader or facilitated my becoming a sheep? Very bright, motivated friends are leaving HBS. Other very talented friends went through Hell Week and came up empty. What is going on here?…

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Journeying Onward, Upward, Inward

Since you left HBS last week, Matt, things have not been the same. We cannot find you studying in Spangler, having lunch in the Grille, hanging around in Harvard Square. And your seat sits empty in Aldrich.Clearly, some of us cannot understand your departure. After all, you seemed happy at HBS, had many friends, a…

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